First Kickstart project gets off the ground

In a boost to get Britain's housebuilders back on site and building again Housing Minister John Healey put the first spade into the ground of the first Kickstart project today.

Wolseley complete first sustainable house

Wolseley celebrated the completion of the first ‘Wolseley House’ with an official launch at BuildStore’s National Self Build & Renovation Centre in Swindon.

Durkan takes £28.5m L&Q job

Durkan has won a £28.5m contract to build 207 houses for L&Q Housing Group in east London.

Arena Housing invites bids for £50m housing framework

Arena Housing Group is inviting bids for a framework contract worth up to £50m covering construction work across the North-West and Yorkshire.

HCA approves £450m for over 11,700 homes

The Homes and Communities Agency has today confirmed that it has finished a thorough assessment of the 270 stalled housing schemes shortlisted to receive funding under the Kickstart Programme.A total of 91 schemes have been approved for funding, with another 63 approved subject to conditions being met or requiring further consideration.

NHBC reveals rise in housing start ups

The number of applications to build new homes was up 4% from July to September, according to the National House Building Council (NHBC).

Lovell takes £4m Birmingham housing deal

Lovell has won a contract to build a £4.23m housing development for Midland Heart in Winson Green, Birmingham.

1,200 home Cambridge development gets green light

Plans for a major development which will include 1,200 homes on the southern edge of Cambridge have won outline planning permission.

HCA unveils second wave of Kickstart funding

Another £51m has been released by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) in the second wave of schemes to be unlocked through round one of the Kickstart Programme.

HCA to provide £42m for King's Cross Central

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has agreed to provide £42m to fund the development of affordable housing in the King’s Cross Central regeneration scheme.

HCA announces investment in Birmingham housing

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), the housing and regeneration agency for England, has announced it is to invest £2.3m in a scheme of new, affordable homes to be built on the site of the former Firebird public house site, off the Bristol Road in Edgbaston which had become a local eyesore.

Inspace wins £20m Essex housing estate job

Inspace, the social housing arm of Willmott Dixon, has won a £20m contract with Old Ford Housing Association, for the first phase of the £80m regeneration of the Mardyke estate in Rainham.

Rumney Manor gets green light for £35m Edinburgh development

Leisure entrepreneur Trevor Hemmings' investment vehicle Rumney Manor has won planning consent from City of Edinburgh Council for its £35m residential development.

HCA and Bolton Council to build 6,000 new homes

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is working with Bolton Council and its partners in Bolton Community Homes to build 6,000 new homes through its Transforming Estates initiative.

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2017-05-25 08:41

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2017-05-10 10:47

Opening site doors to more females is vital to plugging the construction skills gap, reports Claire Cameron

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2017-05-08 14:27

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2017-03-29 10:31

Jeremy Gould, VP sales Europe, TomTom Telematics, discusses how technological developments in vehicle telematics have opened up new workflow management possibilities for the construction industry

2017-03-21 09:31

With the demand of oil increasing, it’s estimated that the Earth will reach its full capacity for oil consumption at some point within the next 20 years. This is despite the production of oil decreasing, and the construction industry is no exception to this, reports Niftylift.

2017-03-17 10:55

With construction firms leading the way in drone technology, Claire Cameron takes a closer look at how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be used onsite

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